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Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) elementary schools are holding open houses and/or school tours designed primarily for parents of rising kindergartners and other new ACPS students. If unsure to which school assigned, call 703-824-6710 or refer to the online Attendance Zone Locator, at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/enroll/zonelocator.php. Schedule:
* John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave., Alexandria, 703-824-6970 — An open house will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 23.
* Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr., Alexandria, 703-824-6960 — Tours take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. A date is not yet finalized for a children’s kindergarten visit that will take place in April.
* Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4643 Taney Ave., Alexandria, 703-461-4170 — An open house will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 27.
* Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria, 703-706-4400 — An open house will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20. Tours are offered at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
* Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-4420 — An open house will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10.
* Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, 703-706-4430 — RSVP by Feb. 9 for the open house, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 11.
* Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 1101 Janneys Lane, Alexandria, 703-461-4190 — An open house will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 25.
* George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, 703-706-4470 — An open house will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 27. Tours are offered at 9:15 a.m. every Wednesday.
* Matthew Maury Elementary School, 600 Russell Road, Alexandria, 703-706-4440 — An open house will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 26. Scheduled tours are given to prospective families on Fridays upon request.
* Mount Vernon Community School, 2601 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-4460 — An open house will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 6.
* James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave., Alexandria, 703-461-4180 — A kindergarten parent coffee will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24. An open house will take place on May 20. Tours may be arranged by calling the school.
* William Ramsay Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria, 703-824-6950 — Tours are available by appointment upon request.
* Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, 435 Ferdinand Day Dr., Alexandria, 703-933-6300 — An open house will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on April 23. Tours are available by appointment upon request.
Want to direct or star in a video? Want to write a script? The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) is calling on all youth ages 12 to 19 to submit a digital video that shows the reality of issues related to teen pregnancy. Local youth groups, afterschool programs, and/or groups of friends are encouraged to enter the Undiscovered Reality digital video contest. Entries are due March 1. Entry forms and contest rules can be found on www.alexgetreal.com. For more information, or to enter the contest, contact Becky Griesse at 703-746-5030 or email@example.com.
The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria invites graduating seniors from the T.C. Williams High School Class of 2009 to apply for more than 200 scholarships through a single application on the organization’s Web site, www.AlexScholarshipFund.org. The deadline for completing the application is 5 p.m., Feb. 6. For more information, visit the Fund’s Web site or call 703-824-6730.
Saint Rita School is holding an open house on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 6:15-7:30 p.m. for middle school. Located at 3801 Russell Road. Visit www.saintrita-school.org or 703-548-1888 ext. 32.
The T.C. Williams High School Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Drill Team and Color Guard, honored with an invitation to march in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20, is seeking the community’s help to purchase winter coats, gloves and a new banner, as well as snacks and water for the long day. Approximately $6,500 to $7,000 will be needed to pay for the items for the 56-cadet group. Those interested in contributing may make their checks payable to T.C. PTSA and note "JROTC" in the memo line. Mail your contribution to: T.C. Williams PTSA, c/o T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22302-3001. If you have questions, contact T.C. PTSA President Julie Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The T.C. Williams High School 2009 Calendar features photographs of the new school taken by current T.C. Williams students. All proceeds from sales will be used to fund future publications. Calendars are $10 each and can be purchased in the main office of the school, 3330 King St., Alexandria, or on line at www.wearethetitans.com.
Students entering grades nine through 12 are invited to spend a day with a student host at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Upper School campus, 1000 St. Stephen’s Road, Alexandria. Call for reservations: 703-212-2706. Visiting days are Jan. 12 and Feb. 9.
Alexandria Tutoring Consortium needs volunteer tutors to work with 1st and 2nd grade ACPS students. Tutors focus on improving literacy skills in one-on-one sessions with students. 703-549-6670 ext. 119, www.alexandriatutors.org.
Messiah Lutheran Church is offering pre-school for children ages 2-4. Call 703-765-5003 or visit messiahelca.org for more.
Campagna Center introduces Afternoon Adventures for children in half-day preschool to receive childcare at John Adams Elementary, 5652 Rayburn Ave. or Jefferson Houston Elementary, 1501 Cameron St., from 3-6 p.m. $14/day. To register, visit www.campagnacenter.org or 703-549-0111 ext. 112.
Three Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) teachers received National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The newly certified teachers are Suzette Adams, counselor at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology; Jennifer Larsen, first-grade teacher at George Mason Elementary School; and Celia Ochs, second-grade teacher at James K. Polk Elementary School.
A team of students from Bishop Ireton High School of Alexandria competed with teams from Stonewall Jackson High School of Manassas and Walt Whitman High School of Bethesda on It's Academic, the high school quiz program. The competition was spirited, and Walt Whitman won the match. The program will air Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10:30 a.m. on NBC4, Channel 4. The Bishop Ireton team consists of Captain Ben Dahljelm, Emily Conron, and David Bernier. Their faculty coach is Ron Umbeck.
George Mason Elementary School is one of 162 Virginia public schools earning the 2009 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, James K. Polk Elementary School, Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School are among 544 schools and 24 school divisions to receive the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. Charles Barrett Elementary School is one of 276 schools and 10 school divisions to receive the Board of Education’s Competence to Excellence Award.
Four T.C. Williams High School students who received awards at the DECA District 10 Leadership Conference held on Jan. 8 at Potomac Mills Outlet Mall will compete at the State Leadership Conference set for March 13 to15 in Norfolk. Students who will advance to the next level of competition include Tiffany Bruce, second place emotional intelligence role-play, second place overall in the apparel and accessories management level; Michael Bullock, second place promotion role-play, second place overall, food marketing; Cecilia Najera, first place marketing information management role-play, second place overall, quick-serve restaurant management; and Roberto Small, second place economics role-play, third place promotion and second place overall, restaurant and food service management.
Jared L. Kuhmerker, son of Peter and Lynne Kuhmerker and a graduate of T C Williams High School, was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University.
The following Alexandria residents were named to the dean’s list at University of Virginia’s College at Wise: Naana Akoto Denning, Daniel Allen Hobbs, Joshua Jamal Jordan, Tyler David Willey and Emily Barrett Witucki.